Fingers crossed London will be spared from too many April showers and we can enjoy Easter and the much anticipated Royal Wedding can be enjoyed in some Spring sunshine. Once again, we have a great array of events going on in the capital this month for you. No April Fools we promise!
One day not to be forgotten this month would be Mother’s Day (3rd April), for which we of course recommend treating your Mother like a Queen at Flemings. Another suggestion is the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew where millions of crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, rhododendrons and azaleas create a splash of colour at this time of year. If you haven’t been to Kew Gardens before, don’t miss the 19th-century Palm House, the tropical atmosphere of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, a walk to the iconic pagoda, and a climb up for a birds-eye view at the new Xstrata Treetop Walk.
For family Easter activities look no further than Willie’s Easter Egg Factory – For one day only (April 20th), the real life Willy Wonka, Wiliam Harcourt Cooze is upping sticks from his Devon factory and travelling to The Tabernacle n Notting Hill to share his secrets and give visitors the chance to create a traditional Easter egg. No need for a golden ticket, but places do need to be booked – www.williescacao.com Between 2 – 8pm, it is for free for all ages. On 19th April Clifton Nurseries is putting a horticultural spin on the time-honoured tradition of the Easter Egg hunt by adopting a vintage theme for its annual hunt. Children will be given clues along the way to seek out hidden information about the nurseries’ history and gardening throught the ages. Successful hunters will be rewarded with a bag of chocolates. There will also be a spring-plant plotting table and an art table to explore, which is ideal for green fingered kids. Time 3-5pm, for free and for all ages. www.clifton.co.uk.
Running out of ideas to keep the children busy this Easter holiday? There are endless activities in London, whether you are on a budget or able to splash out. If you have any Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) in your household then we have just the day out for you – a two and a half hour bus tour which covers London locations featured in the Harry Potter films, including Platform 9 ¾, 12 Grimmauld Place and sites used for the Leaky Cauldron pub.
It’s a sad fact that in London we celebrate St Patrick’s Day more than our own Patron Saint of England, St George. So this year make sure you don’t miss out on any St George’s Day celebrations, there are a whole host of free events this 23rd April including parades, food festivals, theatrical events, children’s activities and more. We think the St Georges Day rugby match at Twickenham is the perfect way to celebrate our English heritage (we created the game of rugby in 1845!) whilst raising money for charity at the same time.